Pooja Mehra
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Pooja Mehra is an 18-year-old girl who resides in a remote Village of Uttarakhand and works as a field worker to help her family financially, recently defeated world’s highest peak Mount Everest.

After reading this Inspiring Story, your perspective about Life and Hardships will change. This real-life story is a proof that “Nothing is Impossible” and You can achieve remarkable things thru dedication.

People are able to summit Mt Everest on their fourth or fifth attempt, but I am hopeful that if weather permits, I would be able to summit on my first attempt itself. I believe I have all the required mental and physical strength to achieve it. Moreover, I have successfully achieved the pre-expedition climbs, said in an interview with TOI

The Incredible Pooja Mehra

Pooja lives in a very remote village and does not have enough resources to achieve anything extraordinary but she did.

To financially support her family, Pooja does odd jobs in her village like working in a farm, sowing seeds, harvesting crops for the rich farmers.

She is also responsible for all the other task at her home like cooking food, washing dishes, cleaning clothes and other household work.

She studies in the local government school and completes her daily homework before she hits the bed.

Fighting the Odds & Climbing Mt. Everest

Mehra is a sports freak and national level kabaddi player. She first heard about Mount Everest in class 12 of government college from her seniors during a mountaineering course at Darjeeling’s Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

Instantly, it stuck in her mind and she decides to do something remarkable. She did not wait for the circumstances to change and resources to be available but started working hard with the available resources.

She started a rigorous training which included 10 KMs running and some physical exercise on a daily basis.

She wasn’t able to follow a special diet due to lack of financial support. Her father, who is a farmer and part-time bus driver worked day and night to meet ends. After all the hard work, the family was barely able to make an earning of rupees Nine Thousand.

The Journey

Pooja Mehra climbed the Trishul peak (23,360 ft) in Auli region of Uttarakhand and the Nag Tibba peak (19,688 ft) in the Manali region of Himachal Pradesh in 2015.

Soon after her successful climb, she received a letter from NCC informing her that she had been selected for an expedition to the Mt. Everest.

Initially, her parents were not ready to allow her for this expedition considering the things which they had heard from the neighbors and relatives.

She took help from her teachers who convinced her parents to allow her to pursue her dream.

The Everest

The journey was really tough and included multiple training, climbs and lots of physical pain. Even after reaching the height of 23,000 feet, the hardships did not stop.

She got Frostbit and had to wait for several days before she could head toward the peak.

Finally, on 21 May, Pooja along with Col. Gaurav Karki and Maj. Deepika Rathore scaled the world’s highest peak at about 11:00 AM.

The Future

Pooja along with other 9 NCC cadets were awarded the prestigious Raksha Mantri Padak by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Pooja’s journey does not end here. She would like to complete her college education, help her family financially and join the Indian Army.

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She is looking forward to taking her passion one step forward by enrolling in a professional Mountaineering Course.

We congratulate Pooja Mehra and her NCC colleagues for their Achievements and Wish them Best of Luck for their future endeavors.  


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